The certified coaches at CrossFit OTG can fine-tune their repertoire of movements to condition many different types of bodies, which is why they are easily able to train former collegiate athletes and CEOs in the same space. The team—which includes a former police officer, an elementary-school physical-education teacher, and founder Nick DiMatteo—encourages members to reach outside preconceived definitions of fitness during intense, group workouts. They pile an ever-varied mix of resistance and cardio drills into group classes and sport-specific routines, drawing from established functional exercises that mirror real-life actions. During private sessions, they broaden the scope of the program to cover nutrition and motivational strategies, such as having a pro wrestler guard your alarm clock’s snooze button. Their ability to scale the intensity to any experience level fosters an accessible and diverse workout environment.
Six days a week, CrossFit Level 1–certfied trainers Dan and Malorie Gibson unveil a new Workout of the Day at Howell CrossFit. These challenges typically comprise a series of functional exercises such as pull-ups and box jumps. Regardless of the day's workout, they oversee their trainees as they complete the exercises as intensely as they can, which means moving quickly and reciting the dialogue from the T. rex scene in Jurassic Park at the top of their lungs.
CrossFit Medford's gym looks a little bit like an auto garage. And that's appropriate, because their trainers are in the business of bodywork and revving fitness engines. They do so by leading exercisers through functional movements, performing them at a high intensity. By teaching these motions, such as pushing, pulling, and lifting, they ready their students for physical exertions while playing sports or working. Trainers use everything from pull-up bars and kettlebells to ropes and resistance bands to get the job done. Making all-new routines daily also ensures their students get a completely workout and don't get bored. To ensure they all can follow through with those workouts, they scale them to individual needs and fitness levels.
When a man nicknamed "The Grin Reaper" is in charge of your gym, you know you're in for a tough workout. That would be Nicholas Mezzacappa, the owner of CrossFit Freehold. Each weekday, as early as 6 a.m., he and his staff lead exercisers through CrossFit's workout of the day, a continually changing series of exercises that can be broadly categorized as functional. Think jumping on a plyometrics box, pushing a barbell over your head, or impressing the judges with your moves on the Olympic rings. Before any newcomer touches a barbell or ring, however, they have to learn the proper lifting technique during introductory CrossFit Fundamentals classes.
CrossFit Razor’s coaches don’t watch from the sidelines during workouts. They actively engage athletes with each movement, making sure they are lifting barbells correctly and swinging kettlebells with ease. Group CrossFit classes challenge athletes with workouts steeped in functional fitness. Classes take place in both indoor and outdoor spaces—and always in a supportive environment. Athletes heft equipment ranging from giant tires and weighted sleds to really heavy feathers.
Manned by certified fitness and CrossFit L1 certified trainers, Ultimate Fit Zone offers boot camp and crossfit held in a small group environment. AstroTurf lines the 3,000-square-foot facility, flanked by bright blue, green, and purple walls. This well-equipped space pulses with beating hearts during classes such as Zone 360 Boot Camp and Crossfit.